Published on June 3rd, 2014 | by Ann Rickard


Five-Star Glamour

Every Aussie who has visited Thailand has fallen in love with the country and its people, so it is sad to see one of our beloved holiday destinations in turmoil.

I visited Bangkok late last year and saw life going on at its usual busy pace (although I didn’t venture into any protest areas).

But now while it can appear to be business as usual in the city, and it is essential to be aware of potential trouble spots, it is a time to support a favourite holiday destination.lebua-hotel-at-state-tower-319650_1000_560

The Smart Traveller website will keep you informed.

Over the years I’ve been a regular visitor to Bangkok and love its street culture as much as I love its high-end luxury.

The first time I stayed at Lebua State Tower I spent the duration at the Tower Club on the 59th floor trying to prop up my jaw.

Up there in the sky with all of Bangkok spread captivatingly before you, you can see and feel the frantic pulse of the city, but in the quiet cosseted comfort of your suite, you can’t hear it.

The roads so far below appear like thin ribbons, the traffic might be frantic but it is silent to you.

The sprawl of the city at night with millions of twinkling lights is mesmerising.

At Breeze Restaurant up on the 51st and 52nd floor with Bangkok’s A-listers sipping Hangovertinis (Hangover II was filmed there), and with the Chao Phraya river snaking its tranquil way through the city way below, it’s pinch-me-am-I-dreaming stuff.

Unfortunately, or fortunately from whose point of view you look at it, a country’s distress means bargain deals for visitors and at the moment, Lebua has dramatic discounts and exciting packages for accommodation and dinners in its luxurious State Tower (21st to 29th floor) and its Tower Club (51st to 59th floors.)

Lebua resturant

The privileges and add-ons are outstanding: welcome cocktail, breakfast at its Cafe Mozu, cocktail-making classes, private photo opportunities on The Dome at Lebua rooftop, personalised multi-course dinners at the My Sirocco, Mezzaluna or Breeze restaurants. This is a rare chance to experience five-star glamour for a modest cost.

Obviously terms and conditions apply and you’ll find all details on and Monitor

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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